Karen received a Bachelor’s degree in piano from Brigham Young University in 1988, and then returned to school to receive her Master’s degree in organ from Arizona State University in 2018. She has completed her doctoral coursework at ASU as well, and is studying with Dr. Craig Westendorf as she continues that pursuit.  Karen has been Director of Music and Organist at Advent Episcopal Church, in Sun City; prior to that, she was the organ scholar under the direction of Dr. Erik Goldstrom at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. She has been an E. Power Biggs Fellow for the Organ Historical Society, and first studied organ with Dr. Guy Whatley. For over 30 years, Karen taught many children and adults to play the piano in her private studio. Karen was the collaborative choir pianist for Promusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra for 11 seasons; also as concert pianist with the orchestra, she played Rhapsody in Blue and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy.  Karen was privileged to be organist for the first dedicatory session of the Phoenix North Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and organist at the Valley-wide fireside for Russell M. Nelson. She has served as an LDS organist and children’s music leader since she was 15 years old. Karen has played the famous gold chapel organ in Versailles, and organs in other Parisian cathedrals. Karen raised a family of six children and now, as fruits of her labor, Karen enjoys playing with and reading to her eleven grandchildren.